Visiting These 5 Important Historic Sites Is a Humbling Experience
In 79 AD Pompeii was a thriving Roman town near Naples. Then, Mount Vesuvius erupted and promptly buried the entire city under 20 feet of pumice and ash.
Most of the 11,000 people in the town were killed and the ash preserved their bodies in the exact position they died in. The lack of air and moisture over 2,000 years kept the objects in Pompeii well-preserved, allowing us to learn a lot about the lives of the people who once lived there.
Many sections of the ancient city are open to the public and you can spend several days exploring the site.
Visiting Pompeii will humble you as it shows just how powerful nature can be and how a natural disaster such as a volcanic eruption can wipe out so much life in an instant.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Japan
On August 6, 1945 the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed when atomic bombs were dropped on them by the United States. Over 70,000 people were killed by the immediate blast of the bomb and afterward many hundreds of people died from cancer caused by the bomb radiation.
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum documents the history of Hiroshima before the bombing, as well as gives a detailed account of the effects of the bombing. You will see watches, clothing and personal effects worn by the victims and learn information about the health effects caused by the blast.